Free pattern Friday (a little late, again): Talland Tee by Sonja Bargielowska

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(Photo: Blacker Yarns)

Talland Tee by Sonja Bargielowska is a lovely top knitted in the round from the bottom up until separating for front and back at the armholes. Great on it’s own or layered over a tank or camisole, this little tee adds a pretty factor to your casual summer wardrobe. Designed to be worn with a relaxed fit (so be sure to select for some positive ease when selecting your size), it can be easily modified for length with the addition or omission of lace pattern repeats.

We think this would be perfect in Hikoo Rylie – a lightweight transeasonal blend of soft baby alpaca, mulberry silk, and linen!

SHOP all fingering weight yarns in our online store.

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(Photo: Blacker Yarns)

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(Photo: Blacker Yarns)

–  Melissa

New store sample: Love & Lemons by Melanie Berg

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The original Love and Lemons pattern by Melanie Berg calls for laceweight yarn but we opted to knit this up with a heavier weight linen and bigger needles for an even larger version. Crisp and light with gorgeous drape, we love the look of this shawl over sundresses and tanks. A pretty wrap that’s equally at home dressed up or down!

View additional photos and details on our Ravelry project page.

SHOP Montoya Beach yarn in our online store.

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–  Melissa

New in Store: Umbrella Swifts and Ball Winders from Strauch

Almost since we first took up knitting, Lisa and I have been on a hunt for the perfect ball winder and swift. We’ve tried many over the years but we may have met our winding dream team in the these pieces from the Strauch Fiber Equipment Company.


Swift / Skeinwinder

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When on its base, this beautiful and functional piece of furniture measures 42″ tall, from floor to top of the knob. Prefer to work from your table? Simply unscrew the umbrella swift into the table base, attach the table clamp, and you’re ready to go.

  • The floor and table models are interchangeable, collapsible and easily portable!
  • These handcrafted umbrella swifts are designed to function as both a Swift and a Skeinwinder.
  • Skein circumference is adjustable from 1-2 yards. There are three black rings on the center dowel. The bottom ring indicates a 1-yard circumference, the center: 1-1/2 yds, and the top: 2-yds. You can determine the yardage by setting the Swift/skeinwinder to the appropriate marker on the center dowel. Count the number of rotations while winding the skein. You can then easily calculate the yardage by multiplying the yards for one rotation by the number of rotations you made.
  • All Swifts are treated with a penetrating oil finish and need only to be occasionally cleaned with high quality liquid lemon oil furniture polish.
  • The standard clamp that comes with the Swift / Skeinwinder fits tables from 3/8″ to 2 1/4″ thick.

Ball Winder

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What makes the Strauch Fiber Ball Winder so special?

  • Makes a very large center-pull ball – up to one pound of yarn.
  • Great for winding all types of yarn including large skeins or bulky yarns.
  • No oiling or adjusting required thanks to a ball bearing drive.
  • Longer counter-weight bracket greatly reduces vibration.
  • 15″ base eliminates “knuckle-smacking” while winding.
  • Tall, soft rubber feet prevents the winder from sliding and scratching your table.
  • Special drive belt material makes for less slipping while making a ball.
  • Extra long table clamp secures the winder to a variety of table surfaces.

Note: These beauties are only available in store.

– Melissa

Project Profile: Lisa’s Itaca

Lisa has a beautiful new project hot off the needles today!

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What is the name of the pattern?   Itaca by Stephen West.

What inspired you to knit this pattern? The beachy vibe of the photo on Ravelry inspired me as I was preparing for a trip to the Black Sea in Romania last summer.  Needless to say I just finished it last night in time for this year’s beach trip to Maine🙂

What yarns did you use?  2 skeins of Jade Sapphire Sylph and some left over fingering weight yarn in bright pink for the border.

Did you enjoy knitting this pattern? I loved it!  It’s an easy social knitting project and the combination of Sylph worked with bamboo needles was a match made in heaven. The yarn glides beautifully yet the bamboo holds it back just enough to allow for good control.

What do you like most about the finished project? This will be my go-to summer scarf. It is light and airy yet has nice structure.  The linen and cashmere blend is my perfect match – soft yet strong and resilient!  The contrasting border adds just a touch of fun to my general black and grey wardrobe!

Would you knit this again?  I would definitely knit this again and with the same yarn but I would make it bigger!!

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Thanks Lisa!

Inspired? SHOP Jade Sapphire Sylph in our online store.

–  Melissa

New LOQI products – including backpacks!

New products arrived from LOQI today including Backpacks and the much coveted MUSEUM Collection Bags. LOQI products are strong, eco-friendly, water-resistant, and washable alternatives to disposable totes and bags – perfect for all your knitting and crafting gear. Fun and stylish!

SHOP all LOQI products in our online store.


NEW DESIGNS IN BAGS

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NEW! LOQI BACKPACKS!

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NEW DESIGNS IN ZIP POCKETS

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New DESIGN IN Museum Collection BagS

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–  Melissa

New Notions and Accessories!

Some new and useful notions and accessories have just landed in the shop (and in our webstore)!


KNITTERELLA PROJECT BAGS

Original Knitterella® graphics are printed on a roomy 12″ x 16″, muslin, single drawstring project bag. A fun and smart way to organize your projects!

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Sirka Counter Set – Rainbow

Do you need to track up to six separate counts? Or, perchance, are you working on two separate projects AT THE SAME TIME? If so, take a look at the “Rainbow” Sirka® Counter Set. The set consists of two Sirka® counters in a rainbow of colors: the first counter with red, orange, and yellow discs and hands; and the second counter with seafoam, blue, and purple discs and hands.

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CHIAOGOO NOSTEPINNE

Stop using your thumb to wind a center-pull ball of yarn. Our Nostepinne can do the job for you. Approximately 11″ (28 cm) long with a smooth finish. Comes with a loop through the handle and winding directions.chiaogoo_nostepinne


BRYSON STAINLESS STEEL SOCK BLOCKERS

Superior air flow for faster drying, these sock blockers come complete with hook for hanging! Sold in pairs of 2.

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CLOVER TASSEL MAKERS (SMALL & LARGE)

The Clover Tassel Maker large allows you to make tassels of five different sizes, 2 3/8 in., 2 3/4 in., 3 1/8 in., 3 1/2 in. And 4 in. The small allows you to make tassels of three different sizes, 1 3/16 in., 1 9/16 in. And 2 in. Great for Jewelery, embellishment, packaging and home decor. Easy to use with embroidery thread, woolen yarns and any small cord. Detailed instructions included.

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Clover Lace Darning Needle Set

Clover’s lace darning needle set comes with three needle sizes; No. 20, 22 (bent tip)/ no. 24 and a convenient carrying case.

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CLOVER KNITTING ACCESSORY SET

Basic tools for knitting are included in a compact case. Set includes the following: 1 knitting needle gage, 1 double ended stitch holder, 20 locking ring markers, 1 knitting register, 2 point protectors large, 2 point protectors small, 1 jumbo darning needle, 1 fiber glass tape measure.

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DRITZ KNIT PICKER

The DRITZ-Knit Picker is a tiny latch hook that grabs the snag and then pulls it through to the wrong side and it’s fixed. Knit Picker has a latch hook tip.

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DRITZ SNAG NAB-IT

The Snag Nab-It is a precision tool that repairs knitted and woven garments drapes upholstery and much more. Fast and easy to use on labels and lined garments even while wearing.

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New Bookhou Products in store!

A collection of totes and pouches from Bookhou landed in store this morning. Bookhou, a multidisciplinary studio based in Toronto, emphasizes natural handmade materials and small production pieces.  Each piece is a beautifully crafted work of art.

SHOP all Bookhou products in our online store.


LARGE POUCHES

Bookhou’s hand-drawn, hand-screened prints on a great little pouch to hold your notions and other essentials or to use alone as a small clutch. 100% linen with 100% cotton canvas lining. Brass metal zipper with leather pull. Approximate dimensions: W 10.5 x H 7 x D 2 in.

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POCKET POUCHES

Bookhou’s hand-drawn, hand-screened prints on a smaller companion pouch. Also perfect for organizing your notions and supplies. 100% linen with 100% cotton lining. Approximate dimensions: W 6 x H 5 in. (15.24 x 12.7 cm)

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BUCKET TOTES

Bookhou’s hand-drawn, hand-screened knit stitch print on beautiful multi-purpose bucket totes. 100% linen with 100% cotton canvas lining and leather handles. Approximate dimensions: oval base 14. 5 x 7.5 inches; 12 in. tall.

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SHOP all Bookhou products in our online store.

New store sample: Bosc Pear

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Tetiana Otruta’s Bosc Pear is beautiful asymmetric, triangular shawl which works wonderfully with Julie Asselin’s Leizu Fingering Gradient Sets.  Worked sideways with eyelet stripes and lacy texture, the size of this lovely accessory makes it quite versatile as a shawl or kerchief-scarf.

Click HERE to see additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

SHOP Julie Asselin Leizu Fingering Gradient Sets (Leizu Nuances).

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–  Melissa

Customer Project Profile: Lyne’s Striped Esjan

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What is the name of the pattern?   Striped Esjan by Stephen West.

What inspired you to knit this pattern? A Stephen West workshop at Espace Tricot.

What yarns did you use?  1 skein Julie Asselin Fino in Jade (cream with speckles)*, 1 skein Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock in Jade*, and 2 balls SandnesGarn Silk Mohair in Cream (held double).

Did you enjoy knitting this pattern?  Yes, very much, even though I found some parts of the pattern difficult I had help during the workshop which motivated me to finish the project.

What do you like most about the finished project? The look🙂

Would you knit this again?  Yes, but I wouldn’t make the same mistakes again.

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Beautiful! Thanks Lyne🙂

*(Note: Unfortunately, both Fino and Tough Love Sock in the Jade colourways are currently sold out).

–  Melissa

New Needle Promotion from Addi!

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Beginning this week through November 15th, Skacel is running an addi Rocket Circular promotion – buy 3 addi Rocket circular needles and receive a complimentary addi Rocket circular needle of your choice!  At point of purchase, you will receive a mail-in form to obtain your free circular needle directly from Skacel.

Please note that this promotion is limited to in-store sales only.

Never tried these amazing needles before? Come on in and give them a whirl!

–  Melissa

Just re-stocked: Snap ‘n Go Cases & Digital Row Counters

SNAP ‘N GO NOTIONS CASES – JUMBO

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Jumbo-sized Snap ‘n Go Notions Cases™ have eight little compartments to keep all your knitting and crocheting notions neatly separated. Organize your life in a snap and go! The first side features four small rectangular compartments that are perfect for storing stitch markers, buttons, and other tiny knitting notions. Flip apart the second half to reveal three long compartments that are great for holding things like stitch holders, darning needles, and point protectors. Finally, the big single compartment sandwiched in the center is perfect for larger items like mini crochet hooks, cable needles, T-pins, and tape measures. This compact little beauty has a hard, sturdy outer shell made of heavy-duty plastic. A hole for a lanyard or key chain is located near the hinge. Notions not included.

Purchase in store or online here.


DIGITAL ROW COUNTERS

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A digital row counter is the perfect accessory for hands free counting while you knit or crochet. No more stopping to make a mark on a piece of paper or cranking a manual row counter. The electronic counter has a 5 digit LCD screen display that can count from 0 up to 99999 rows with 2 soft touch rubberized silver buttons to control it. Made from ABS plastic, the same material used for Lego. The row counter uses a standard AG10 1.5v button cell battery, so when it wears out, simply unscrew the back of the counter to replace it.

Purchase in store or online here.

– Melissa

New Stripe Me Up colourways from Scrumptious Purl!

Stripe Me Up is a stunningly vibrant sock yarn from Scrumptious Purl guaranteed to put the fun back into your sock knitting (and wearing!). This yarn produces a predictable 3 stripe repeat with approximately six rows of each color on a 64 stitch sock. The yarn is dyed using professional acid dyes free of heavy metals. Produced right here in Montreal!

Shop Stripe Me Up in our webstore.
Download FREE Scrumptious Stripes Socks pattern below…


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Download our free SCRUMPTIOUS STRIPES SOCKS pattern…

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Super fun socks knit with Stripe Me Up from Scrumptious Purl! A simple cuff-down design for multiple sizes, the Scrumptious Stripes Socks pattern provides a perfect canvas for showing off the precision of this carefully dyed yarn. Bold and bright in unexpected colour combinations, these are sure to make you smile every time you look down at your feet.

Download PDF – [English] [Français]

–  Melissa

More new needle sets just added to our webstore…

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KNITTER’S PRIDE DREAMZ INTERCHANGEABLE DELUXE SET

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Set of 18 Symfonie Dreamz Interchangeable Circular Needles (9 sizes – 2 needle tips in each size) packed in an attractive vinyl case. Needles are lightweight, strong, and durable and come in a colour assortment to allow for easy identification. Needle points are flawlessly tapered and the polished wood surface works effortlessly with every type of yarn without slowing down your knitting rhythm. Includes easy-to-connect cords which create a smooth no-snag join. Set comes in a convenient to store vinyl carry case that has plenty of extra room for tools or small projects. Includes tips in the following sizes  US 4 (3.5mm), US 5 (3.75mm), US 6 (4.0mm), US 7 (4.5mm), US 8 (5.0mm), US 9 (5.5mm), US 10 (6.0mm), US 10.5 (6.5mm), US 11 (8.0mm), 4 Cords (24″, 40″ & 2 x 32”), 1 set of size markers, 8 end caps, 4 cord keys, and 1 cord case.


KNITTER’S PRIDE DREAMZ INTERCHANGEABLE CHUNKY SET

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Set of 6 Symfonie Dreamz Interchangeable Circular Needles (3 sizes – 2 needle tips in each size) packed in an attractive vinyl case. This set includes needles and cords in the three most popular large sizes for knitting chunky and super bulky yarns. Needles are lightweight, strong, and durable and come in a colour assortment to allow for easy identification. Needle points are flawlessly tapered and the polished wood surface works effortlessly with every type of yarn without slowing down your knitting rhythm. Includes easy-to-connect cords which create a smooth no-snag join. Set comes in a convenient to store vinyl carry case. Includes tips in the following sizes US 13 (9.0mm), US 15 (10.0mm), US 17 (12.0mm), 2 cords (24″ and 32”), 4 end caps, and 2 cord keys.


–  Melissa

New store sample: Allira Shawl by Ambah O’Brien

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The Allira Shawl by Ambah O’Brien is a beautiful crescent shaped wrap knit with one skein of a solid main colour and 5 mini-skeins for the contrast edging. We loved the original so much, we used the same Julie Asselin Leizu Fingering Gradient Set in Avalon to knit up our store sample, perfectly complemented by ARTFIL Belle in Wheat. Garter stitch enhanced by geometric lace gives this shawl a modern yet timeless look. An engaging project with gorgeous results!

Click here for additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

EDIT: We knit this shawl at a gauge of 19 sts instead of the 18 specified in the pattern.  This allowed us to use just 1 skein of Artfil Belle despite it being less yardage than the original pattern indicates is required.

Shop Julie Asselin Leizu Fingering Gradient Sets and ARTFIL Belle in our webstore.

–   Melissa

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Just added to webstore: HiyaHiya SHARP Steel Limited Edition Interchangeable Needle Set

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EDIT: Sorry, these sold out almost immediately. Will post as soon as they’re back in stock!

Made of high quality stainless steel, the HiyaHiya Sharp Steel Limited Edition Interchangeable Needle Set features keyless screw-on connections with flexible cables, near perfect joins and a slick but not too slick, smooth finish with sharp tips that are great for increasing, decreasing and intricate stitch patterns. They are lightweight to handle and warm quickly in the hand.

This Limited Edition Set includes 13 sets of needle tips (2US/2.75mm – 15US/10mm) with 4 cables (18″, 26″, 34″, and 42″), Small Cable Connectors, Tip Adapter, Small and Large Panda Stoppers, Small and Large Single Point Adapters, Puppy Snip, Darn Its, and Knitters Safety Pins.

Each set also includes a practical and portable brocade case and needle grips. Tip length is approximately 5 inches. This Limited Edition Interchangeable Set only available while quantities last.

HiKoo Rylie – On Sale!

Enjoy 20% off HiKoo Rylie – this week only!
Tuesday, June 21st through Monday, June 27th

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HiKoo Rylie is a luxury transeasonal yarn with gorgeous drape and a slightly rustic look that lends it an air of rugged sophistication. If you think that doesn’t make sense, you need to see and touch this wonderful yarn to understand what I mean. Lusciously soft baby alpaca is enriched with the drape and gleam of mulberry silk and the tactile appeal of linen. Dyed in soft pastels, beachy brights, and glowing neutrals, Rylie is a beautiful choice for everything from wraps and shawls to sweaters and tees.

50% baby alpaca, 25% mulberry silk, 25% linen
24 sts per 10 cm on 3.25 – 3.5 mm (US 3-4) needles

SHOP HiKoo Rylie ONLINE!

Need inspiration? BROWSE projects knit with Rylie on Ravelry.

We recently knit the Color Block Cardigan by Chiaki Hayashi with Rylie and love the result.🙂

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–  Melissa

Have you heard about the Knit Stars Online Summit?

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Knit Stars is an online conference coming this Fall!  Some great personalities will be sharing useful information, tips, and tricks that you will be able to enjoy from the comfort of your own home!  Stephen West, Romi Hill, Julie Weisenberger of Cocoknits, Amy Small of Knit Collage, Meghan Fernandes of Pom Pom Quarterly, Taiu Landra of Koigu and indie dyers Julie & Jean-Francois Asselin will be coming together to help you take your knitting to the next level.

In the meantime, click HERE to access the initial free video series. I’ve watched the first two already and it’s been fun meeting the instructors at home in their own studios.  Definitely not feeling so bad about my measly pile of WIPs now🙂

Sign up to view the introductory free series.

–  Melissa

Woot! Travel Gleeners are back in stock

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Tackle fuzz on the fly with the Gleener on the Go. Smaller than a glasses case, this travel fuzz remover is compact enough to take anywhere that last minute wardrobe touch-ups are needed. 3 fabric safe edges eliminate pilling while a built-in lint brush dusts away pet hair and dandruff. Keep one in your purse, car, briefcase or desk drawer. Includes 3 fabric-sensitive edges and an integrated lint brush.

Purchase the Travel Gleener in our webstore.

– Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Cabled Knit Cardigan by Patons

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The Cabled Knit Cardigan from Patons is a ‘twist’ on the traditional hoodie. The winding cables on a garter stitch background make for a unique and interesting take on this toddler wardrobe staple. Knit with worsted weight yarn, this will work up beautifully (and quickly!) in everything from Berroco Vintage and Spud & Chloe Sweater through Madelinetosh Vintage and Tanis Fiber Arts Green Label.

Shop worsted weight yarns in our online store.

–  Melissa

 

Don’t forget, tomorrow is WWKIPD!

WORLD WIDE KNIT IN PUBLIC DAY (WWKIPD) AT ESPACE TRICOT!

Enjoy 10% OFF ALL YARNS!

Join us on Saturday, June 18th between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm
when we’ll take over the sidewalk in front of the store and engage
in some conspicuous knitting (and crocheting!) in celebration of
World Wide Knit in Public Day!

Bring your own chairs – drinks will be provided.

10% off all yarns + draws for some great give-aways!

Come and support your local crafting community and make new friends!

Melissa & Lisa


JOURNEE MONDIALE DU TRICOT EN PUBLIC A ESPACE TRICOT!

PROFITEZ DE 10% DE RABAIS SUR TOUS LES FILS!

Venez vous joindre à nous le Samedi 18 juin de 11h00 à 16h00.
Nous allons investir le trottoir et nous adonner au tricot (et crochet)
pour célébrer la journée mondiale du tricot en public!

Apportez vos chaises – des rafraîchissements seront offerts.

10% de rabais sur tous les fils + tirage de cadeaux!

Venez soutenir votre communauté artisanale et rencontrez de nouveaux amis!

Melissa & Lisa

Shibui Twig, Linen, and Silk Cloud – just re-stocked!

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Those who know us, know we love all things Shibui Knits so it’s always a happy occasion around here when our stocks of these exquisite yarns are replenished. Twig, Linen, and Silk Cloud are among our favourites – just see some of our store samples below for proof🙂


Twig

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A unique combination of three fibers, Twig knits into a soft and cool fabric with the kind of drape that is simply effortless.

46% Linen / 42% Recycled Silk / 12% Wool
190 yds / 174 m, 1.76 oz / 50 g
22 sts = 4″ on 4 US / 3.5 mm


Linen

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Distinctive in its delicate, chain ply structure, Linen is a light and crisp yarn that grows softer over time.

100% Linen
246 yds / 225 m, 1.76 oz / 50 g
26 sts = 4″ on 5 US / 3.75 mm


Silk Cloud

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This weightless yarn shines with radiance. Knit Silk Cloud solo for an ethereal fabric or combine for a glowing halo.

60% Kid Mohair / 40% Silk
330 yds / 300 m, 0.88 oz / 25 g
20 sts = 4″ on 7 US / 4.5 mm


Click on store sample images for project details on Ravelry.


22 Little Clouds by Martina Behm
Shibui Silk Cloud + Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light

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Color Block Cardigan by Chiaki Hayashi
Shibui Silk Cloud + Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light

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Color Craving by Stephen West
Shibui Silk Cloud + Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light + Handmaiden Maiden Hair

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Cirrus by Nancy O’Connell
Shibui Pebble + Shibui Silk Cloud

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Groovy by JumperCables
Shibui Pebble + Shibui Silk Cloud

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Solo / L1 by Antonia Shankland
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Linier Top by Sian Price-White
Shibui Linen + Shibui Silk Cloud

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On the Beach by Isabell Kraemer
Shibui Linen

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Slope by Shellie Anderson
Shibui Twig

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Spring Lace Infinity Scarf by Linda Thach
Shibui Linen

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SS15 | Tier by Shellie Anderson
Shibui Twig

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FW15 | Volute by Shellie Anderson
Shibui Silk Cloud + Shibui Cima

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Fancy Zebra by Melissa Clulow
Shibui Silk Cloud + Shibui Staccato

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Simple Luxury Scarf by Anna & Heidi Pickles
Manos del Uruguay Maxima + Shibui Silk Cloud

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Shop
Shibui yarns in our online store.

  Melissa

Customer Project Profile (+ New store sample!): Marie-Claude’s Gemini

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What is the name of the pattern?   Gemini by Jane Richmond.

What yarn did you use?  A mix of recycled cotton and silk purchased from Espace Tricot several years ago. (ET Note: We believe it was Rowan Summer Tweed, now discontinued).

Did you enjoy knitting this pattern?  Yes – it was an easy project and I enjoyed the seamless, knit-in-the-round construction.

What do you like most about the finished project? The yarn was a beautiful summer blend and a perfect match for the pattern.

Would you knit this again?  Yes, but I think I would make it a little longer.


We’ve just finished the Gemini as a store sample using DROPS Belle, a wonderful mix of cotton, viscose and linen.  As the name suggests, this lovely, top-down pullover has two sides to its personality depending on whether the lace is worn to the back or front – choose between the dressier versus more casual look as your own mood dictates. Knit in the round with DK weight yarn at a loose gauge, Gemini works up quickly and fits beautifully. A great summer tee!

Shop DROPS Belle in our online store.

View additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

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–  Melissa